Spain-bound Jharkhand footballers slapped, abused for seeking birth certificates

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A team of female footballers from Jharkhand on the verge of making history at a tournament in Spain is allegedly facing severe abuse from panchayat officials angling for bribes.

The members of Yuva Football Club, mostly poor tribals between 12 to 14 years of age, said they were slapped and even made to sweep floors when they went to the panchayat office on the outskirts of state capital Ranchi to get birth certificates.

Many players of the Ranchi-based club — which uses sport and education to tackle child marriage and human trafficking problems — were born at home, not hospitals, and do not have birth certificates.

The footballers have to submit their birth certificates at the Spanish embassy in New Delhi within a week for visas to compete in the week-long Donosti Cup beginning June 30.

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